Category: Reading

Do you have real life bookish friends?

Do you have real life bookish friends?

Books are a huge part of my life, and always have been, so it was strange to come to the realisation recently that I don’t actually have many friends in real life who also like reading. In fact I only actually have one bookish friend who I know in real life…all the other bookworms I know are people I’ve met online, specifically from being a part of the book blogging world. My only real-life bookish friend is one of my very best friends though, which is how I know how awesome it is to have books in common with someone…. Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Big Little Lies’ and ‘After I’ve Gone’

Mini Reviews: ‘Big Little Lies’ and ‘After I’ve Gone’

Recently I read two books that I found impossible to put down: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, and After I’ve Gone by Linda Green. Check out my reviews below to find out why I loved them so much! Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty ’It had never crossed her mind that sending your child to school would be like going back to school yourself.’ Big Little Lies follows the lives of three women living in the same seaside town, and how their lives collide in dramatic fashion. Madeline has a happy life, with a loving husband and three beautiful children…if only it wasn’t for… Read more »

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Long Chapters vs. Short Chapters

Long Chapters vs. Short Chapters

Chapters are an important part of a novel’s structure, as the way an author decides to split up their book can really affect our reading of it. For example, some books have short, punchy chapters that keep us turning the page, and saying, ‘just one more chapter!’ Whereas others want to keep us immersed for as long as possible and use great sprawling chapters to do this. Both approaches have their advantages and I think that really, it comes down to the individual book. I find that thrillers and action adventure books that are meant to be fast-paced benefit from… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Vicious’ and ‘Foundation’

Mini Reviews: ‘Vicious’ and ‘Foundation’

I’m a fan of V.E. Schwab’s work, so Vicious is a book I’ve been meaning to read for ages, and I’m so glad I finally got round to it this month! Especially because it lived up to my high expectations! I also read Foundation this month, which is by Mercedes Lackey, an author I’ve been meaning to check out for a while. I always see her books in the fantasy section of Waterstones, and I loved the look of the covers, so when I noticed Foundation for sale on Kindle, I snapped it up. Unfortunately I found myself being a bit disappointed by this book, so… Read more »

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‘I’d love to read, if I had the time.’

‘I’d love to read, if I had the time.’

I’ve often found when talking to non-bookworms about my love of reading, they’ll come out with the statement ‘I’d love to read too, but I just don’t have time’, or something similar. And perhaps I’m being too sensitive, but I actually find this statement kind of insulting, and I’d love to know what other readers feel. We all have busy lives, but very few people have no free time at all, and what you choose to do with it is up to you. For example, on my lunch breaks at work, I choose to read my book, rather than chat… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Wonder Woman: Warbringer’ and ‘Queens of Fennbirn’

Mini Reviews: ‘Wonder Woman: Warbringer’ and ‘Queens of Fennbirn’

Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Queens of Fennbirn were two books I was super excited to read, because both were by authors I already loved. I ended up loving one, but being slightly disappointed by the other, so read on to find out more! Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo ‘Sisters in battle, I am shield and blade to you. As I breathe, your enemies will know no sanctuary. While I live, your cause is mine.’ Diana, Princess of the Amazons, is desperate to prove herself to her sisters, all of whom have past lives as famous warriors. However, when an opportunity to be truly heroic… Read more »

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15 More Book Blog Post Ideas

15 More Book Blog Post Ideas

A while ago I wrote a post called 15 Book Blog Post Ideas, and it turned out to be one of my most popular posts ever. Lots of people said they found it useful, so I thought it was about time I went through my little notebook of blog post ideas and came up with a second edition! So here’s another 15 book blog post ideas: Who would you have at your author tea party? Are there any authors you’d just love to sit down and have a cup of tea with? Who would you choose and why? Do you prefer… Read more »

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10 Inspiring Reads

10 Inspiring Reads

Looking back over my Goodreads ‘Read’ shelf recently I realised I’ve read a lot of non-fiction over the last year or so, and so many of them have been super inspiring and interesting. I don’t seem to talk much on this blog about non-fiction though, so I thought it was about time I devoted a post to the genre, and shared some of the most inspiring books I’ve read! So here are 10 inspiring reads: #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso From shoplifting teenager to the CEO of a fashion empire, Sophia Amoruso’s story is incredibly inspiring. Sophia is the ultimate proof… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Defy the Stars’ and ‘Defy the Worlds’

Mini Reviews: ‘Defy the Stars’ and ‘Defy the Worlds’

This year I seem to be having a major science fiction kick, and have read so many great space opera style books! For example, a while ago I read and reviewed Revenger by Alastair Reynolds and The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, and I absolutely adored both of them. And now I’ve read the first two books in Claudia Gray’s Constellation series – Defy the Stars and Defy the Worlds – and have really enjoyed them too (and am now anxiously awaiting the third book!). Check out my reviews below for more info! Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray ”Your soul is bigger than your programming.”… Read more »

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15 Bookstagram Prop Ideas (+ Bonus Background Ideas!)

15 Bookstagram Prop Ideas (+ Bonus Background Ideas!)

So recently I’ve been on Instagram a lot more, and I’ve been really enjoying getting more creative with my photos, and seeing what other people are doing. One thing that seems to make or break a good bookstagram photo is the props used, whether you use lots, or a select few (I’m pretty minimalist with mine, but some people have tonnes of props in their photos!). So I thought I’d do a quick list of some prop ideas that I’ve either seen, or used myself, in case you’re looking for some new ideas for your photos! Of course, you don’t… Read more »

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